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Turkey's Electricity Consumption Rises 1.72% in Dec.

Turkey's electricity consumption grew by 1.72 percent in December compared to the same month last year, according to Turkey's Energy and Natural Resources Ministry on Thursday.

The country's power consumption increased to 25.59 billion kilowatt-hours in December compared to the same month of 2016.

Turkey produced 25.6 gigawatt-hours of electricity in December 2017 - a production increase of 4.40 percent compared to the same month of 2016.

Turkey produced 35.01 percent of December's electricity from natural gas power plants while 19.21 percent came from hydro plants and 18.17 percent from imported coal.

Local coal plants contributed 15.54 percent to electricity generation, wind plants constituted 8.54 percent and the remaining 3.53 percent of electricity production was generated from geothermal, fuel oil and biogas plants.

- Electricity imports decrease by 67 percent

Turkey's electricity imports from neighboring countries decreased by 67.32 percent reaching 232.68 million kilowatt-hours as opposed to 711.99 million kilowatt-hours in December last year.

Furthermore, Turkey's electricity exports to neighboring countries increased by 126 percent with 307.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity. Electricity exports in December last year amounted to 136.4 million kilowatt-hours.

(Anadolu Agency)

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